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The Turkish Wage Curve: Evidence from the Household Labor Force Survey

  • Baltagi, Badi H.

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    (Syracuse University)

  • Baskaya, Yusuf Soner

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    (Central Bank of Turkey)

  • Hulagu, Timur

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    (Central Bank of Turkey)

This paper examines the Turkish wage curve using individual data from the Household Labor Force Survey (HLFS) including 26 NUTS-2 regions over the period 2005-2008. When the local unemployment rate is treated as predetermined, there is evidence in favor of the wage curve only for younger and female workers. However, if the lagged unemployment rate is used as an instrument for current unemployment rate, we find an unemployment elasticity of -0.099. We also find a higher elasticity for younger, less educated, low experienced workers than for older, more educated and more experienced workers. Another important finding is that the wages of females in Turkey are significantly more responsive to local unemployment rates than their male counterparts.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2012, 114 (1), 128-131.
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5633
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